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Cats Open Up High On Pre-Season AP Poll

Updated: Oct 19, 2022

As we are officially three weeks away from the start of the 2022-23 NCAA basketball season, the Associated Press has released their pre-season edition of their rankings. Kentucky, who returns six scholarship players, added a pair of five-star recruits and brought in the leading scorer from the transfer portal this off-season, will start the year off ranked at #4.

The Cats trail only North Carolina, who lost in last year's National Championship game and returned four of five starters, Gonzaga, who is returning Wooden Award finalist Drew Timme, among many other key rotation players, and Houston who is also returning their main core which has seen an Elite 8 appearance in consecutive seasons. Kentucky is also the top ranked SEC team in the poll with Arkansas (10), Tennessee (11), Auburn (15) and Alabama (20) just behind. The five SEC teams in the poll are more than any other conference, except the Big 12, who also have five.

In case you weren't convinced before, the AP Poll is further indication that Kentucky will have one of their most difficult schedules in a long time. The Cats will play:

2. Gonzaga (Road)

5. Kansas (Home)

8. UCLA (Neutral) 10. Arkansas (Home and Away)

11. Tennessee (Home and Away)

15. Auburn (Home)

20. Alabama (Road)

22. Michigan (Home)

Kentucky will have no shortage of opportunities to prove themselves of that top 4 ranking and go into the NCAA Tournament with a #1 next to their name.

The full AP Ranking is as follows:

  1. North Carolina

  2. Gonzaga

  3. Houston

  4. Kentucky

  5. Baylor

  6. Kansas (Tied for 5)

  7. Duke

  8. UCLA

  9. Creighton

  10. Arkansas

  11. Tennessee

  12. Texas

  13. Indiana

  14. TCU

  15. Auburn

  16. Villanova

  17. Arizona

  18. Virginia

  19. San Diego State

  20. Alabama

  21. Oregon

  22. Michigan

  23. Illinois

  24. Dayton

  25. Texas Tech


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